Michal Neuvirth will be back between the pipes tonight for the Caps, who have not won in San Jose since 1993 (when goalie coach Arturs Irbe was the Sharks' netminder.) Evgeni Nabokov, meantime, will get the nod for San Jose, which is tied for first place in the Western Conference.
The matchup pits two of hockey's highest scoring teammates -- Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley (98 points) and Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (94). It also marks the debut of Jason Chimera.
The rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this:
I'll have a postgame wrap later.